Wine with Willie Bartram

April 08, 2020

Who was William Bartram? What was he thinking during all those miles on horseback, with his boxes of flowers and bundles of drawings on the eve of the revolution? We will explore these mysteries and more.


Join your hosts, Brent Martin & Angela-Faye Martin via ZOOM, as we explore and discuss the questions we all hold for our late, great botanist-artist friend. Every Wednesday for the forseeable future at 5PM. 

Six miles of Silence

March 26, 2020

(When we first scheduled this event, we couldn't have known the extent of it's relevance. It will now be a loop hike, beginning at Osage Overlook on the Bartram Trail. From there we will hike on the Bartram Trail, Hurrah Ridge and West Fork in a loop so that we don't have to shuttle/carpool. This way, we can observe guidelines for personal distance.) What do you think of when you're alone in a forest? What do you observe? We're going to hike in utter silence and answer these questions as we go. We'll take scheduled breaks for observation, and compare notes at the end of the day. We recommend you read Christopher Ive's Zen on the Trail before attending, though it's not required. You'll be amazed at what a walk like this can do for your soul when it's somewhat structured and with others. The hike is mostly downhill, and can be steep in places. $35 per person, 9-4 PM. Limited to twelve attendees. 

Spirits of the Air: Birds in Poetry and Song

May 01, 2020

Appalachia in spring is full of bird song, with both our resident birds and neo-tropical arrivals bringing the mountains to life. Participants in this course will explore the world of birds in poetry and folklore and will also spend time around the Cowee School and the Cowee range's diverse forests observing neotropical arrivals and learning their spring songs. There will be classroom time for readings and discussion, but with most of our time spent outdoors. This is a perfect course for beginners wanting to learn by identification by song and sight. 9am - 3pm. $65.

April 22, 2018

What could be better than an Appalachian spring Earth Day filled with wildflowers and warblers? Join us for both in the wilds of Alarka Laurel, where we will spend the day on a leisurely six mile stroll around this high elevation spruce bog exploring its plant and bird life. Perfect for beginners or anyone who would like to further grow their knowledge of Appalachia's botanical and bird splendors. 

9AM to 3PM and limited to 8. $65 person. Happy hour included. 

Beginner's Birding Bootcamp (May 6th, 7th & 8th)

May 06, 2020

May is the month for neo-tropical arrivals, and don't spend another year wondering what all that crazy bird song is about and who it belongs to! We'll visit a wide variety of habitats over three mornings, starting early and wrapping up around lunch. You'll leave this intensive with new knowledge and your springs will never be the same again. You'll learn by song and by visual identification, as well as what habitat the species prefers. Binoculars a must. Limited to eight people. $145 for three days.

The Artist's Way with James Nave -- POSTPONED to October

October 17, 2020

This is a special treat for those of you committed to living a creative life and who want to discover new ways to expand your creative powers. Instructor and facilitator James Nave has worked with The Artist's Way author Julia Cameron for over twenty years, and is co-owner of Twice Five Miles Media and Publishing. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the director of the Taos Storytelling Festival. You can read more about him at 

9-5 at Cowee Arts and Heritage Center. $79

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